Sue Bird played in what she said was her last WNBA game on Tuesday when the Las Vegas Aces knocked out her Seattle Storm from the playoffs.
Bird will leave the sport as one of the most decorated players in WNBA history with four championships and 13 All-Star team selections. The other stars of the WNBA, as well as those of the NBA, paid tribute to the future Hall of Famer on social networks.
“Legend. Bow down”, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors wrote on Twitter.
Retired NBA Champion Pau Gasol tweeted a simple “#ThankYouSue” with some emojis and a video of Bird receiving cheers from the Tuesday crowd.
Perhaps most notable, especially for Bird, was the public statement shared by Megan Rapinoe. As well as being one of the best-known stars in women’s football, Rapinoe is Bird’s fiancée.
“Greatest of all time. I’m so proud of you,” Rapinoe posted on Instagram.
Jamal Crawford, whose storied NBA career spanned 20 years, paid tribute to Bird and fellow retired WNBA Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota Lynx, as well as Serena Williams and the recently retired track and field athlete Allyson Felix.
“We may never see four of the greatest retire in the same year, in three different sports,” Crawford said. wrote on Twitter. “The impact will be felt for generations. Respect.”
“Hi @S10Bird for a legendary career!! 1 of the greatest of all time!! You are appreciated!!” Quentin Richardson, retired NBA star job on Twitter.
Minnesota Lynx Layshia Clarendon tweeted“Thank you @S10Bird, what an honor to share a Team USA jersey with you, to witness your excellence over the years and to compete at the highest level. You have given us so much.”
New York Yankees great CC Sabathia joined in the praise. The retired pitcher wrote“Leave it all on the field. Legendary @S10Bird!!! 20 years of greatness. Thank you.”
“One of the best to do it! One hell of a basketball career Sue Bird! Can’t wait to see what you do next,” NBA legend Dwyane Wade tweeted.
Twitter accounts for the Seattle Storm as well as the Las Vegas Aces posted tributes to Bird, as did the official WNBA account.
“Countless memories… Thank you for everything, Sue,” the WNBA’s Twitter account posted.
The love for Bird has extended beyond the sports world, with Danger! host Ken Jennings joins in the praise.
“GOAT. Thanks for everything,” Jennings said in a post.
Newsweek has contacted Bird for comment.